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Get to know Stephen Witkowski Principal WAIO Environment

Growing up Stephen Witkowski said his parents taught him and his brothers the importance of preserving what we have now for future generations to come.

For Stephen, this mindset played a significant role in his life, and something he’s now able to put into action in his role as a Principal in BHP’s WAIO Environment team.

With a passion for learning and a keen interest in ecology, Stephen works in BHP’s Water Stewardship area, where he helps to protect water-related values within the catchments that BHP operates in.

We sat down with Stephen to learn more about his role and how the Water Stewardship team are creating more sustainable outcomes to preserve water resources across WAIO.

Hi Stephen, can you tell us about your career journey?

I completed a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Marine Biology) at the University of Melbourne. During this time, I did an exchange program studying a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Conversation Ecology) in the USA, and later completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Environment) with Honours from the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). I then worked in various aquatic industries and research facilities throughout Australia. I joined BHP in 2021.

What excites you most about your role?

Working in the BHP WAIO Environment team, I am excited about pursuing a vision where achieving more sustainable outcomes is a priority, while working to create a positive legacy with a team of passionate and talented colleagues.

What do you hope to achieve with your team this year?

I’m looking forward to working with my team to implement initiatives to help manage potential water and environmental risks. Having recently started in the water stewardship area, it’s exciting to continue to build on, and help create more sustainable outcomes for the future.

What are your career highlights to date?

I’ve been very fortunate in the mentoring and opportunities I have received throughout my working career. From operating machines in tool fabrication factories to publishing an international academic journal, my journey has been quite eclectic. However, my career highlight is utilising my practical and academic experiences to help implement broadscale environmentally sustainable programs, which have led to better environmental and business outcomes. 

Who are your strongest influences in life? 

My family and friends have been the strongest influences in my life. My appreciation of the guidance, sacrifices and love of my parents, Tina and Jurek, is immeasurable. My older brothers, Peter and Matthew, have always been my foundation and continue to inspire me. 

Finally, what’s at the top of your bucket list?

With an interest in ecology and cultures, I have aways wanted to travel to each continent.